The Covenants of Avraham

We generally understand the “covenant of Avraham Avinu” as referring to circumcision, and accordingly the father recites at theberit milah, “…Who has commanded us to bring him [the newborn] into the covenant of Avraham Avinu.” But another rabbinical source teaches...

Do Not Abandon Your Mother´s Teaching

This Shabbat we will be discussing two very similar stories with a very important message to be learnt throughout history. The first story tells us about Hagar and Yishmael, who were stranded in the desert without water. The result is that Yishmael dehydrates and his...

Seeing G-d

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger – Former Shaliach, Boca Raton 1999—2007. Currently Executive Director and Community Rabbinic Scholar for the Jewish Studies Initiative of North Texas. Many years ago I got a hug and a kiss from Rav Shlomo Carlebach. Only once – the first time...

Avraham Avinu: A Winning Combination – 5769

Rabbi Yehuda Lapian Former Rosh Kollel in Greater Washington   Parshat Vayeira opens with a description of Avraham’s chessed (act of loving kindness) towards the three malachim (angels); moves on to Avraham’s efforts to convince HaKadosh Baruch Hu to refrain from...

Loving People and Drawing Them Close To the Torah – 5768

Rabbi Eli Blum Former Rosh Kollel, Cleveland (2007)   This week’s parsha contains Avraham’s noteworthy advocacy on behalf of the people of Sodom. Yet, the fact that HaKadosh Baruch Hu “confided” in Avraham is even more remarkable: “And Hashem said, ‘Shall I...

The Secret of the Choice – 5767

God’s call to Abraham which begins last week’s parashah, “Lekh lekha me’artzekha – Go forth from your land,” comes as a surprise to the reader, from out of the blue. The Torah does not explain why God turns specifically to Abraham, nor why He does not turn to...

Na’aseh V’nishma – 5766

Rabbi Moshe Pinchuk Former Rosh Kollel (Melbourne, 1998-2001) Currently Head of the Beit Midrash in Netanya College   Chumash records two dialogues between Hashem and Avraham in our Sedra. In the first, Hashem reveals to Avraham his plans to destroy Sodom....

Knowing When to Argue – 5765

In this week’s parsha, the Torah reveals why God chose Avraham: “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, that they should observe the way of God, to perform righteousness and justice” – the knowledge that Avraham will...